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Janitor sold patient records for cash

Recycling is great. Selling patient records to unauthorized recycling centers — not so great.

Robert Sanders, a janitor at Martin Luther King Jr. Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center in Los Angles, was arrested and charged with felony commercial burglary for taking 14 boxes of patient records to a recycling center.

Sanders received $40 for the papers.

The records consisted of printouts of approximately 30,000 patient names, addresses, phone numbers, and medical record numbers — but no private medical information.

Sanders was known to sell cans and bottles to recycling centers. County officials said they have no reason to believe there was an attempt to engage in any identity theft using the records or to look at protected information.

Sanders was placed on administrative leave. The California Dept. of Public Health is investigating to see if the incident is a privacy violation.

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